Running back from Alaska to walk on

Kodiak (Alaska) High School’s Michael Odell will walk on at UT this summer.

Odell is Kodiak’s all time leading rusher, gaining more than 1,850 yards. Last season, he ran for 869 yards and six touchdowns, and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.

Odell decided against a scholarship offer from Chadron State in Nebraska to walk-on at UT.

“This has been a dream for a long time,” Odell told the Kodiak Daily Mirror, adding that he’s been a longtime UT fan.

Odell first caught UT’s eye when he attended a football camp in 2006.

Defensive tackle Shane Bonham from Fairbanks was the last UT player to hail from Alaska. He lettered in 1992-93.

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ETownVol writes:

Welcome to the Big Orange, Mr. Odell. Hope you work yourself into a scholarship.

BigVolinCarolina writes:

Bring your hunting gear with you, too.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

There's really not much you can say about this but welcome to Fritterland...

vol_in_lsu_land writes:

Always glad to have players who really WANT to wear the big orange! Welcome to the second most beautiful piece of real estate in America (giving proper dues to the Alaskan wilderness of course)

bustervols writes:

Welcome young man, may your dreams take you to where you choose to go.

miamiVOL writes:

Welcome to the Big Orange, Hope you work yourself into a scholarship.

givehim6 writes:

Welcome to the young man from the great white north, hope you can climaties. I never want to say much negative, but do not we have 2 or three running backs already saying there comming two UT? I do not think we're having trouble recuting recivers, so we need to have a strong running game? Wish we could get in some D linemen. GO VOLS!

powert#205805 writes:

OHH-Dellll. Give him SIX LARGE ONES!

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:


drakosben1#216420 writes:

this is great!

wyomingvol writes:

Cool. GO VOLS!

2000man writes:

Don't forget your igloo.

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

while they don't use igloos much any more, those things are pretty clever:

Tehy have a 'sleeping' zone, a work zone, and a 'cool zone'. The cool zone is at the bottom (warm air rises) and can be used to freeze food, whatever. You don't store food outside because of polar bears. Alos, the entrances are indeed designed to prevent bears from getting in.

Seems I read somewhere that the temp inside where the 'mos work is about 40-degrees F.

GreerVol22 writes:

Kingsport, any man brave enough to make out with an Eskimo chic is aces in my book.

FACT: In the TN playbook, when at the goal line, there is a play known as 38-otis where the RB goes vertical over the goal line for a TD.(it's in everbodys playbook, this is just what Coach Fritter calls it)

If this guy can jump...rename it 38-nanook

Timed_vol (Inactive) writes:

bet he ends up at linebacker, becomes another Carig Puki.

Volunatic writes:

Glad to have you here, Michael. I hope you do well.

agentorange writes:

need height, weight and 40 time.

smokymtman writes:

Welcome to "Big Orange Country" play like a grizzly bear! Hope you like it here 'cause there won't be going home on weekends.

KennesawVol writes:

How in the world did a guy from Alaska become a Vol fan?? Maybe he has relatives/friends in the VOL nation.

By the way - for GA residents - go to UTNAA Atlanta Chapter on the web and order your state of GA UT license plate. Need more people to sign up to get them made. I've already ordered 2 for my cars. GO VOLS!!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

mparker 8:16am - on igloos, they say it takes 3 years to sniff the difference between a rank sled dog and a good fish-eatin woman. Hope that's PC.

Remember 3 Dog Night!

jimr07 writes:

as the article states, Shane Bonham is from Alaska. played pretty well for us and the Jets

GreerVol22 writes:

pdhuff, attaboy! lol

dford9#209809 writes:

GOOD NEWS- Welcome To Big Orange Country~!

Mr. Odell, I too wish you well and hope you
can walk right into a scholarship. Being a long
time VOL fan, you are a welcomed addition to our

Best Wishes~!

jcorange98 writes:

wow a recruit from russia, cool. go putin

Monk writes:

I am new to the site and would like someone to explain the "TDTN" and "Fritter" phrases.

givehim6 writes:

sphs vol, Wow glad you clarified me on the english stuff. I thought this was a Vols post site, didn't know this was a pre english 101 site, I'll try to do better on my next test, ( uhu).

vol4jesus writes:

Monk you really don't want the insanity explained do you? Greervol22 please leave the crude reference as to Mr. Odell's dating. Not cute or pertinent to the article. If you don't behave I'll send Steve Superior up there from down here in Columbia........Ah yes Craig Puki. Remember the 100yd kickoff for TD?

raynochonspeed#212632 writes:

Fritter, Alaska isn't exactly "the far ends of the earth".

GreerVol22 writes:


...mentioned Spurrier, also not relevant to this article. But I appreciate the nobility.

feathersax writes:

Welcome Monk. You'll just have to discover for yourself the rantings of Fritter & TDTN. Just be ready for negative comments to the Nth power. With 10,000 comedians outta work, they actually think they are funny with their nasty drivel.
Oh, & welcome to our new Alaska Vol!

orangebloodgmc writes:

Odell is a good East Tennessee name; I wonder if he has kin here? Like agentorange, I'd like to know how big and fast he is.

Monk, some of the rest of us are NOT new to the site, but don't understand the relevance of fritters to UT football either.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Monk, last year I mention to the long departed TDTN that Ralph's in Cookeville, Tn makes the best and biggest apple fritters in the land.

TDTN has departed except in memory but fritter lived on since K Kreme glazed offended some.
The rest you'll pick up as we go merrily along.

Oh, Gen Fritter rose from the ashes akin to a Phoenix. You should be confused by now.


Monk writes:

OK, thanks for confusing me even more. lol

tigervol9802 writes:

Can he play D-tackle?

BSweet writes:

Did a little digging if any one is interested. This kid was 6' as a junior, 193lbs. Found an article that said he wrestled at 215lbs though. He's apparently a 5 sport letterer and has a 3.67 GPA. Along with tailback, he played inside linebacker and apparently, he punted, lol.His personal best in the 40 was 4.49, which he ran at a UT camp. So maybe we have a diamond in the rough. Oh yeah, first ever football game he remembers watching, the '98 championship game, which is where he fell in love with the Vols.

BSweet writes:

Wow, have you ever noticed googling someone leaves you feeling a little bit stalkerish, lol.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Gen F- I've heard on good authority that an angel appeared to Ralph one early morn and gave him the fritter recipe. Now more than 50 yrs later they're still sailing out the door.

In the same location.......

Yeah, Monk, its true. Ol' TDTN even outted Dupree one time, Oh, you don't know Dupree!


utclassof1992 writes:

Ralph's fritters are the best.

TommyJack writes:

Monk: Someday, TDTN will return. He's harder to kill than herpes simplex.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Would we feel better if just one headline would say "Running Back to RUN on at UT"?

We assume he can walk.

Free TDTN.

TommyJack writes:

Now THAT'S fritter logic, PD.

txsvol#372416 writes:

While he's at it, maybe he can bring Ian Rosario, from Chugac HS in Eagle Pass, a 6' 6" 310# OT who runs the 40 in 5.3, and David Garness, a 6'5", 280# OT from Bartlett HS in Anchorage, who covers the 40 in 5.2, with him. These guys get NR from scout, probably because they don't play against credible opponents, and they dominate the smaller guy across from them. Anyway, I couldn't find out any particulars on this guy's speed at scout. Go Vols! SAVol

pdhuff#552644 writes:

It is wonderful in the doldrums to have fritters to carry us through.

It will take the 1st Vol ($38K Phil) umfall to return glazed to the forum.

It is sad we never get a .25 from K Kreme for keeping their name in front of the faithful thru the season. Man, if they offered a special on a dozen glazed pus a gallon of orange koolaid for, say $2.98, plus an sjt18 autographed 8x10 glossy, pshaw!!

Be overwhelming. Bet ol' sjt18 responds after he gets off the nite shift.

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Shoot, TT, Phil's coming on in the communications world. They'll probably cut back on their $430K stamp budget now.


Depends on the charts!

pdhuff#552644 writes:

Sorry, TT, we outfoxed by the Wyoming Belgian gallop. Fresh air, fresh ideas, fresh charts and the same d-line has us ready to repel all boarders.

Norm Chow is sitting up until the wee hours with his head in his hands in UCLAN land. We're just changing oil in the juggernaut and getting ready to roil.

We'll show the AJC for doubting us and saying Fla and Ga has better QBs. Vegas got us at 100-1 or so for a NC. Psshaw!

How many days, Ashley?

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